CHARLES BERNARD COUNTS|
World War II
Memories and Biography
(Taken from a letter to Will Lundy)
Obituary for Charles B. Counts
Charles Bernard Counts of Zapata, Texas, passed from this life on June 27, 2003 at Mercy Hospital in Laredo, Texas.
He was born on September 8, 1923 in Selton, Virginia and spent his early youth there. His family later moved to Michigan where he graduated from Madison High School and went off to fight in World War II as a member of the Army Air Corps. He served as a waist gunner on a B24 in the 8th Air Force, 44th Bomb Group in England. He married Beverly Rose Olson in 1946 and they lived in Royal Oak, Michigan for 33 years until his retirement from Chrysler Corporation. Upon retiring he threw away his snow shovel and moved to South Texas in 1983 where he enjoyed 20 years in Zapata before his death.
His favorite pastimes were gardening, feeding and watching wild birds, studying the Bible, participating in his church family at King's Way Church, drawing and painting, and listening to bluegrass music.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father and his three brothers, Leonard, Walter Raymond, and Eugene.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Beverly, his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Jr., and Kathy Counts, his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bill Godfrey and his granddaughter, Brenna Godfrey as well as his beloved dogs Minnie and Susie.
He was a member of King's Way Church, the American Legion and the Veteran's of Foreign Wars.
His memorial service will be Saturday, July 5, at 4:00 p.m. at King's Way church in Zapata, Texas. His family asks that in lieutenant of flowers, donations be made to the Zapata Wildlife Rescue or to the Shepherd's Pantry at King's Way Church in Zapata, Texas.